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Date(s) - September 13, 2022
5:45 pm - 9:00 pm


Hilton Sacramento Arden West
2200 Harvard Street
Sacramento, CA 95815

Event Details

General Meeting – Throwdown! To Lab or Not to Lab (In-person course)

3 CEU, Core • Member Price: $80 early / $90 regular / $99 late

5:45-6:45pm – Registration & Vendors
6:50-7:15pm – Announcements & Dinner
7:30-9:00pm – Program • 3 CE units, Core

Dentists have choices. Labs have preferences. Patients want what they want.
Join this year’s throwdown to have an energetic and entertaining discussion presented by dentists who have their “favorites” and labs who see it all.

Topics will include:

  • Pros and cons of traditional methods vs. digital impressions
  • “In-house” vs. “out-house” (outsourced) indirect restoration fabrication and results
  • Discussion, questions and options available for your patients AND your practice

Jenny Apekian, DDS:

Dr. Apekian is an established general and cosmetic dentist in private practice in Midtown, Sacramento. She is a strong proponent of utilizing the latest technologies in dentistry to improve the patient experience, utilizing CAD/CAM technologies, 3D Imaging, 3D Printing, and state of the art infection control systems, as well as complete digital integration.

Committed to staying at the forefront of dentistry, Dr. Apekian participates in regular and ongoing post-doctoral education and training. Dr. Apekian is a key opinion leader for various DENTSPLY Sirona technologies and also serves as a mentor and trainer for CEREC CAD/CAM technology throughout the Sacramento region. She teaches fellow dentists how to utilize the technology to design and produce complete restorations, surgical guides and appliances for prosthetics, implantology and orthodontics. She also speaks nationwide on how to maximize efficiency through office design and organizational workflows. She recently accepted the Smart Integration Award, acknowledging female clinicians around the globe for their advancement in modern treatment solutions

Diana Fat, DDS:

Dr. Fat received her Prosthodontic degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 2004 and her DDS degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1999. She has a private practice in Midtown Sacramento.

James Childress, DDS:

Dr. Childress is a 1979 graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry and completed a GPR at UCLA in 1980. He maintains a private practice in Davis since 1980, focusing on restorative and implant dentistry.

Mike Kulwiec, CDT; Dental Masters Laboratory (SDDS Vendor Member):

Mike Kulwiec, CDT attended the University of Southern California, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1979, with a major in Business Admin and Social Science. He grew up in the dental lab field—his father Len was also a technician and lab owner.

Mike earned his CDT in 1982. Mike is the founder of Dental Masters Laboratory. He has published and lectured internationally on lab management and dental technology. He successfully developed two other dental businesses, both of which were sold to NASDAQ-listed companies.

Mike directs Dental Masters’ operations as a premier quality, service-focused fixed, removable and implant prosthetics laboratory.

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